WILTSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST exists to help places of Christian worship of all denominations with repair, maintenance and improvement costs. All projects must demonstrate need and a well thought-out approach backed up by good advice and having the necessary permissions.
The next Trust meeting to consider Applications for Grants is on 4th November 2017. Applications must be submitted by email by 1st October 2017; see the guidance below.
Who can apply?
Any place of Christian worship within the historic bounds of Wiltshire, to include Swindon.
Does my place of worship have to be a subscriber to the Trust?
No, but the Trustees ask if applicants have supported ‘Ride & Stride.’ Conditions are attached when grants are awarded requiring beneficiaries to display a poster and continue to support the work of the Trust. Individual memberships of the Friends of Wiltshire Churches are also encouraged.
Is my project eligible for a grant? Check the table of eligible repairs and enhancements here Eligibility For Grants
Email the Hon Sec at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions on the eligibility of your church or the application process.
The Trust is in the National Churches Trust Partnership Programme, which provides additional funds for essential repairs and enhancements to Wiltshire churches. Your application will be considered initially for a Trust grant and may also be considered and recommended by our Trustees for a National Churches Trust Partnership grant.
How do I make an application?
Download the application form and save it to your hard-drive. Open the form from your hard drive. The application form is inter-active. Complete the form by typing directly into each answer box (the startpoint, type font and maximum number of characters are preset for you – any words typed beyond the set limit for each box will not be saved or printed. When you have completed the form, save it and then email it to email@example.com before the latest deadline for submission (1st May for the June meeting and 1st October for the November meeting).
What happens next? When the completed application form is received a copy will go to a local representative. They will contact you to arrange a visit so that they can report to the next meeting of Trustees. The Hon Sec and representatives may also be able to offer advice on other sources of funding.
How often and when does the Grants Committee meet?
The Trustees meet twice a year in June and November together with Deanery and Denominational representatives. It may be possible to make interim discretionary grants for urgent cases only by exception between the meetings; the Hon Sec can advise. .
How long before each meeting do I need to apply?
In order for visits to be arranged, made and reports prepared applicants should submit completed forms well before, and at the very latest by 1st May or 1st October.
When will I know the decision taken at the meeting?
Usually applicants receive the decision within two days of the meeting, followed by a confirmatory letter.
When will we actually receive the grant
Grants are paid by cheque by the Treasurer once receipted bills have been presented for a sum in excess of the grant awarded. Grants unclaimed for two years lapse, unless there are extenuating circumstances.
The Trust made grants to 34 churches in 2015 and 30 churches in 2016
Grants are listed below the pictures, which show a few of the Wiltshire church projects that have benefited from our grants. The list of grants includes those made within the National Churches Trust Partnership Programme
GRANTS AWARDED JUNE 2017
|St Peter, Stourton||Church roof replacement||2000|
|Christ Church, Shaw||Spire, roofs and drainage||4000|
|St Andrew, Newton Toney||Spire and roofs||2000|
|St George, Preshute||Tower roof||2000|
|St John, West Grimstead||Tower roof||2000|
|St Mary, Rodbourne Cheney||Tower, roof and drainage||2000|
|St Peter, Milton Lilbourne||Tower repair||1500|
|St Andrew, Collingbourne Ducis||Tower mullion||1000|
|St Nicholas, Baydon||Vestry roof||1500|
|St Giles, Tytherton Kellaways||Cupola repair||2000|
|St Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton||Nave roof||2000|
|All Saints, Oaksey||15th Century Wall Paintings||4000|
|St Christopher, Ditteridge||Historic stained glass window||500|
|St Augustine, Upton Lovell||Reventilate nave, wiring and damp proofing||2000|
|Station Hill Baptist, Chippenham||Disabled and Pushchair access||2500|
|St Michael and All Angels, Hilperton||Heating||2500|
|St John, Upper Studley||Electrical/fire safety||1000|
|Holy Cross, Chiseldon with Draycott Foliat||Internal Wall repairs||4000|
GRANTS AWARDED nOVEMBER 2016
|St John the Baptist, Berwick St John||Chancel roof||4000|
|Abbey of St Mary and St Melor, Amesbury||Nave roof||3000|
|Christ Church, Swindon||Roof||3000|
|Holy Trinity, Bowerchalke||Roof, gutters||3000|
|Christ Church, Bradford on Avon||Chancel roof||4000|
|St Mary, East Knoyle||Tower||2000|
|Christchurch, Worton and Marston||Cupola||1500|
|St Michael and All Angels, Shalbourne||Nave wall||1000|
|St Andrew, Donhead St Andrew||Nave floor||1000|
|Union Chapel, Kington Langley||Toilet||2000|
|St James, South Wraxall||Stained glass windows||1000|
|St Mary, Redlynch||Historic clock||1000|
|Holy Trinity, Tidworth||Guttering||2000|
|St Andrews, Collingbourne Ducis||Rainwater goods||1500|
Grants awarded June 2016
|St Mark’s, Swindon||Repair of tower and stonework||5000 + 5000 NCT Partnership Grant|
|St Peter & St Paul, Great Somerford||Re-roofing nave and chancel||2000|
|Holy Cross, Ashton Keynes||Re-roof tower and nave||2000|
|St Andrew, Castle Combe||Re-roofing||2500 + 2500 NCT Partnership Grant|
|St Thomas, Trowbridge||Roof, drainage and weatherproofing||2500|
|St Denys, Warminster||External and internal stonework repairs||2500 + 2500 NCT Partnership Grant|
|St Peters, Lordsmead, Chippenham||Weatherproofing spire and flashings over brickwork||1000|
|St.Philip & St.James Neston||Restoration of porch cross||200|
|All Saints, The Leigh||Reinstatement of door||1000|
|All Saints, Wardour||Reinstatement of doors||1000|
|All Saints, Swindon||Replace ceiling tiles||2000|
|St Thomas a Becket, Box||Kitchen and toilet||2000|
|Holy Trinity, Calne||Toilet and drainage||2000|
|St Mary, Purton||Electrical safety||450|
|St Andrew, Blunsdon||Churchyard wall repairs||1000|
|St James The Great, Bratton||Historic organ conservation and restoration||1000|